Please be aware that you must be at JFK airport no later than 3 hours prior to your flight. Please take into consideration that there are extensive security checks and the airport will be very busy for the Hajj season, so plan enough time. If you arrive late you risk the chance of missing your flight. It is important that you wear your ID’s in JFK airport so that the group leader can easily recognize you and assist you with anything that you may need. Everyone will be responsible for checking in his/her own luggage individually however we will still be there to help. Please double check and make sure that your luggage has the correct tags of the final destination that you are arriving to. If you are on another air carrier other than Egypt Air than you will be on your own at the airport but will meet with someone at your final destination; Jeddah or Madinah.
Depending on your air carrier you will most likely have a stopover for a few hours. For those traveling on Egypt Air, a representative will be with you to assist you with anything that you may need and may also go over a few things with you in the meantime. In a few hours, you will then board another plane to reach your final destination. You will arrive in the holy city of where you will find a representative from Prime Time Travel & Tours waiting for you their numbers will be on the back of the ID. Please make sure you are wearing your ID; this is the only way that the group leader can identify you. He will assist in getting you out of the airport and to the hotel.
For those arriving at Jeddah airport, your patience is greatly appreciated. There are thousands of people arriving at the same time and there is excessive paperwork that needs to be completed before departing the airport. We will do everything we can to make this process as easy as possible.
For those arriving at Madinah airport as you exit the airport, there will be people collecting your passports you must give it to them and then exit the airport as you exit you will find someone holding Prime Time Travel & Tours sign and will take you out the buses. Please keep an eye on your luggage. As we are doing the best that we can to assist you, you are more aware of your luggage than anyone else. Please make sure it goes on top of the busses so that nothing gets left behind.
Upon arriving at your hotel you will be assigned your rooms numbers, given your keys and any further instructions that are needed. Please go up to your room and check that everything is okay. If there is anything that seems off please notify us right away so that we may assist you. Upon arriving in Makkah you may choose to rest or go ahead and perform your Umrah.
For those in Madinah, you will enjoy the reward of pray at the Masjid Al Nabawwi and do your Zeyara to the Prophet’s grave (PBUH). There will be signs posted near elevators and on boards when meetings or lectures will be held. Please be aware of these signs, as it is very important to attend the meetings to know what will be happening next.
If you went to Madinah first this will be the day that you will leave to Makkah. Before you leave for Makkah, you will enter the state of Ihram. For women, you will enter the state of Ihram in the hotel. Men can either enter the state of ihram at the hotel or at the Mikat on the way to Makkah. The bus will make several stops as there are many checkpoints that we must go through. We will also stop to pray and take lunch. If anybody has any special needs please make sure to notify us prior. Upon arriving in Makkah you will once again be given your keys and rooms and be free to perform your Umrah at any time.
Prior to this day, we will meet with you again to explain the first part of your Manasik: moving to Mina. Approx fajr time: We will set off for Mina. We will be staying there the whole day, (until the Fajr of the next day which is the day of Arafat) as prescribed in the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). We will not leave anyone behind however your attentiveness is greatly required. We will call you in your rooms and let you know when to come down and everyone must be ready.
After Fajr time, we will move to Arafat where it is very important to be involved in reading the Qur’an, making tasbeeh and making dua. This is the day of Hajj! Ask for all that your heart desires and may plenty of dua’a for yourself and your brothers and sisters in Islam. We will have to be together and moving as a group so please be aware of any instructions. We will listen to the Khutba of Arafat and make dua together as well.
After Maghreb (exact time will be announced) we will move to Muzdelifah, where you will collect your stones and we will stay until after the Fajr of the 10th of Zul Hijja (the day of Eid).
After Fajr, we will return to Mina again. From there, we will prepare to walk to the Jamarat. The Jamarat is for every able-bodied person. If you are unable to talk you may give your stones to someone else to perform it on your behalf.
We will stay in Mina for two days for the throwing of Jamarat once again. With this, we end our Hajj! May Allah accept it from us all InshAllah. If you wish to go back to the hotel you have full access but please be aware that during these days transportation will be on your own until the last day that we all leave back to Makkah.
Please be alert to the group leader’s instructions. Due to the new rules and regulations of air traffic control, we will be spending an extra two nights. However, if the nights will be spent in Makkah then you do not need to do your Tawaf Al Wada the day before your final departure. Airline regulations require us to be at the airport 12 hours before departure time. We will leave the hotels when it is permitted and stop at Motawif Office to pick up everyone’s passport and then be on our way to the airport.